Texting and Driving now the No 1 Killer of Teens

Text StopDo your teens text and drive? A new study shows that texting and driving is now the number one killer of teens, surpassing drinking and driving.  In a story  reported by CBS, more than 3,000 teens die in the United States annually from texting while driving, compared to about 2,700 driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a study by Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

“The reality is kids aren’t drinking seven days per week — they are carrying their phones and texting seven days per week, so you intuitively know this a more common occurrence,” Dr. Andrew Adesman, Chief Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

New York has been one of the first to respond to the growing trend of texting-related accidents by creating ‘Text Stops’.   Like the traditional rest stop, ‘texting zones’ aim to encourage drivers to pull over before texting.

Two things YOU must do now:

1. Stop using your phone and driving yourself.  Turn your phone to silent and place it on the back seat.  Show your children from a young age that this is what you do and normalize not responding to or using the phone in the car.  Role modeling is crucial.

2. Think before you text or ring your child.  If you know that they are or might be driving don’t do it!

New York Creates ‘Texting Zones’ to Stop Car Accidents.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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One Response to Texting and Driving now the No 1 Killer of Teens

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